ON-Lion Letter
In the decennial census and the American Community Survey, increasing numbers of people are writing in "American" as their national ancestry.  By doing this, they are cutting their ancestral ties to all other homelands and ethnicities and taking a stand as authentic representatives of the American nation.  In the mix of American cultures, they are laying claim to being members of the primary and irreducible people.

This growing social phenomenon serves as the launching point for a discussion of what is now meant by "Americanism" -- its roots, its significance, and the unrelenting assault from multiculturalists who believe either the term "American" signifies nothing or is a badge of shame -- in Native Americans:  Patriotism, Exceptionalism, and the New American Identity, forthcoming from Encounter Books.

In Native AmericansJames S. Robbins describes the foundations of the American ideal, the core set of beliefs that define American values, and the way in which these values have been undermined and corrupted.  He also makes the case for the benefits of an objective standard of what American means, and the benefit in returning to the values that turned America from an undeveloped wilderness to the most exceptional country in the world.

Robbins is deputy editor of Rare and a member of USA Today's board of contributors.  He is the author of two previous Encounter books -- This Time We Win:  Revisiting the Tet Offensive and Last in Their Class:  Custer, Pickett and the Goats of West Point.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.
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